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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Randy SchwellerProfessor
Political Science
125B Mershon Center
2106 Derby Hall
614.292.5357
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Education
B.A., Political Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1984)
M.A., Political Science, Columbia University (1990)
M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University (1991)
Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University (1993)

Teaching/Research
Randall Schweller is professor of political science at The Ohio State University.  He is the author of Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), Unanswered Threats: Political Constraints on the Balance of Power (Princeton University Press, 2006), and Deadly Imbalances: Tripolarity and Hitler’s Strategy of World Conquest (Columbia University Press, 1998).

Schweller has also published many articles in leading journals, including World PoliticsInternational Studies QuarterlyInternational Security,American Political Science ReviewGlobal GovernanceAmerican Journal of Political ScienceReview of International Studies,Cambridge Review of International AffairsThe National Interest,International Theory, and Security Studies. He is currently editor in chief of Security Studies, and a member of the editorial boards of International Security, Foreign Affairs Review, and the Studies in Asian Security book series published by Stanford University Press.

Noted for his work as a grand theorist of international relations and as a founder of neoclassical realism, Schweller's recent publications include "Status Signaling, Multiple Audiences, and China's Blue-Water Naval Ambition," with Xiaoyu Pu, in Status in World Politics, ed. by Deborah Welch Larson, T.V. Paul, and William C. Wohlforth (Cambridge University Press, 2014); "Robert Jervis’s Realism," in Psychology, Strategy and Conflict: Perceptions of Insecurity in International Relations Theory, ed. by James W. Davis (Routledge, 2013);  "After Unipolarity: China's Vision of International Order in an Era of U.S. Decline," with Xiaoyu Pu (International Security, 2011); "Emerging Powers in the Age of Disorder” (Global Governance, 2011); "Rational Theory for a Bygone Era" (Security Studies, 2011); "The Future is Uncertain and the End is Always Near" (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 2011); "Knowing the Unknown Unknowns: Misplaced Certainty and the Onset of War," with Jennifer Mitzen (Security Studies, 2011); "The Logic and Illogic of Contemporary Realism" (International Theory, 2010); "Ennui Becomes Us" (The National Interest, 2010); and "Entropy and the Trajectory of World Politics: Why Polarity Has Become Less Meaningful" (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 2010).

In a recent survey of international relations faculty in 10 countries conducted by the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, Schweller was selected as one of the top 25 scholars who have produced the most interesting work in the field of international relations. In 1993, he received a John M. Olin Post-Doctoral Fellowship in National Security at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. In 2012, Schweller was awarded a Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellowship.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
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Mershon Projects
Security Studies (2014-)
National Security Speaker Series (2010-)